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What is Facebook Messages?

What you need to know about Facebook's 'social inbox'

Back in November 2010, Facebook announced plans for a 'social inbox' – a place that would serve as a hub for all communications that people use online or via mobile phones, ranging from text messages and chat messages to email messages, too. As Facebook begins releasing Message to more and more users, we take a look at what you need to know before you use the service.

Getting started

When you gain access to Messages and log in to your Facebook account, you'll see a pop-up notification offering to upgrade you to it.

Clicking on 'See What's New' will prompt you to activate your Messages email address, which is your Facebook URL @facebook.com. If your Facebook URL is facebook.com/johndoe, your Facebook email address will be johndoe@facebook.com. After your email address is activated, you'll be brought to the Messages home screen.

Set your privacy controls
Your new Facebook e-mail address is not viewed publicly on your Facebook profile. If you do wish to share your e-mail address with your Facebook friends, choose My Account > Settings > Change Email. Here, you can change your default email address and add your Facebook e-mail address if you wish to make it public.

Do note, however, that since your email address is the same as your publicly viewable Facebook URL, anyone who can see your username (such as in a search) will be able to figure out your Facebook email address. You can change who can search for you on Facebook under your Privacy Settings.

NEXT PAGE: Navigate the interface

  1. Take a tour round Facebook's 'social inbox'
  2. Getting started
  3. Navigate the interface
  4. Turning on text messaging


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